Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Charles L. Hynes is deploying to Iraq to support the mission of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Operation Iraqi Freedom is the official name given to military operations involving members of the U.S. armed forces and coalition forces participating in efforts to free and secure Iraq. Mission objectives focus on force protection, peacekeeping, stabilization, security and counter-insurgency operations as the Iraqi transitional governing bodies assume full sovereign powers to govern the peoples of Iraq.
Members from all branches of the U.S. military and multinational forces are also assisting in rebuilding Iraq's economic and governmental infrastructure, and training and preparing Iraqi military and security forces to assume full authority and responsibility in defending and preserving Iraq's sovereignty and independence as a democracy.
Hynes, an infantry sergeant, is deployed with the 762nd Transportation Company out of North Canton, Ohio. He has served in the military for 25 years.
When Staff Sgt. Hynes is not serving with the military, he is employed with Bridgeport Auto Zone in Bridgeport, Ohio.
He is the son of Vernon E. Hynes of Barton Road, St. Clairsville, Ohio, and Brenda J. Leonard of Howard St., Bridgeport.
The sergeant graduated in 1982 from Bridgeport High School.